Selected Study Writings

Publications from the National Congregations Study range from general overviews to writings about specific topics, and are geared for academic, clergy, and lay audiences. On this page we highlight some key reports, articles, and books, with links to the full text as available. A more comprehensive list of publications is also available. If copyright restrictions prevent your download of an article for which Mark Chaves is one of the authors, please contact us with your request and we will send a copy to you.

Also, if you have used NCS data to write something, or if you know of something that has been written using NCS data, please let us know so we can add it to the list of study writings.


Overview Reports

Following Wave III: Religious Congregations in 21st Century America. By Mark Chaves and Alison Eagle. November 2015. Durham, NC: Department of Sociology, Duke University.

Following Wave II: American Congregations at the Beginning of the 21st Century. By Mark Chaves, Shawna Anderson, and Jason Byassee. June 2009. Durham, NC: Department of Sociology, Duke University.


Articles Introducing Each Wave of the NCS

Wave III: Chaves, Mark, and Shawna Anderson. 2014. "Changing American Congregations: Findings from the Third Wave of the National Congregations Study." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53(4):676-86.

Wave II: Chaves, Mark, and Shawna Anderson. 2008. "Continuity and Change in American Congregations: Introducing the Second Wave of the National Congregations Study." Sociology of Religion 69(4):415–40.

Wave I: Chaves, Mark, Mary Ellen Konieczny, Kraig Beyerlein, and Emily Barman. 1999. "The National Congregations Study: Background, Methods, and Selected Results." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 38(4):458–76.

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Books on U.S. Congregations and Religion Using the NCS

 

Chaves, Mark. 2011. American Religion: Contemporary Trends. Princton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

2012 Book Award in Christianity and Culture, Christianity Today


 

Chaves, Mark. 2004. Congregations in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2006 Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Section
2006 Outstanding Book Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

NCS Publications

Books, articles, chapters, and reports that use data and information from the National Congregations Study


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